“The night that I got the call, I just broke down in tears,” Fernandez said. “I was so grateful for this opportunity I’ve been granted.”
CBS Miami highlighted 60 students from South Florida who have been named Posse scholars, including Fernandez.
Posse identifies and recruits students who show academic and leadership potential from under-resourced high schools in urban communities. The students typically are admitted in groups—or posses—of ten students to one of the foundation’s 53 partner institutions across the country, including Mount Holyoke. The partner colleges and universities provide a full-tuition scholarship to each student in a posse with the idea that together they will succeed.
Fernandez will become a member of Mount Holyoke’s seventh cohort of Posse scholars when she comes to campus in the fall. She and the other students from Miami recently attended a special awards ceremony with their families.
This year, for the first time, the Posse program at Mount Holyoke is funded by an endowed gift from Peter and Evelyn Fuss ’60, who sought to make lasting change at Mount Holyoke and in the greater world.
See also: MHC news story: The power of Posse.
Watch the CBS Miami story.